post by leslie
So, how’s it going having two dogs, you ask? Well, it’s going as good as can be expected? I think?
Magda was pissed off for about 3 days, and then resigned herself to sharing her space (see photo below). But don’t let her fool you — she loves her tug of war with Hazel each day, and nothing has really changed in her life except a new play partner and a little more training. Also, she adores Hazel as long as they are outside. She *tolerates* Hazel if they are inside Magda’s kingdom that she happens to let the rest of us sleep in.
Hazel appears to be happy and snuggly… but she won’t pee in our yard. Sure, she’s great at going to the bathroom on walks or at the dog park… but not in our yard. We are working hard on this problem because I don’t want to deal with that when the temperatures hit zero soon, and hopefully this resolves itself in the next few days. Also, Hazel is slowly warming up to cars and garbage trucks. Cross country skiers though? Straight from satan in her eyes. So I suspect she won’t like cyclists when summer hits — another issue we’re training on.
It’s always fun to have two dogs because you see more of their characteristics come out. For instance, we realize how amazingly smart (annoyingly so, at times) Magda is. She has opinions and she’s not afraid to share them. However, she follows the rules and in general, is a fantastic dog whose largest fault is over-enthusiasm when greeting guests at the door.
Hazel is… not as smart. I mean, have you seen that collie head? It’s tiny. We suspect her brain is the size of a walnut. But what she lacks in smarts, she makes up for in sweetness. She follows me from room to room, always sleeping at my feet. She loves to snuggle, and really wants to make us happy (not a strong suit of Magda’s). Overall, we are happy that we added to the pack. But it sure would be nice if they both peed in the back yard.
In this photo, Hazel is screaming at some cross country skiers at Theo Wirth Park. How dare they.